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blue's legend bb king is remembered, an effort is underway to keep the music he was known for alive another day, another delusion detected. more rain falls across the state. after a week of storms rivers swell and widespread flooding is growing. virtually every river from oklahoma to houston is running over its banks. 29 dead a dozen missing. an overflowing river is the brazo running from north texas to the middle of where the rain is falling. many towns faced evacuation. we will have a live report outside of houston in a few minutes. to politics. a man considered to be a threat
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to hillary clinton's quest to her presidential nomination launched a campaign. martin o'malley said his number one concern is the country's economy. >> that is why today to you and to all that hear my voice, i declare that i'm a candidate for president of the united states. and i am running for you. so god bless you ... it was an ominous start. o'mallee, a baltimore mayor, was greeted by a small group of protesters upset at the death of freddie gray had police custody. some question whether he can overcome the stigma of the baltimore death. >> we are americans, we must act like americans, we must move forward, not back. reporter: former maryland
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governor martin o'malley hopes his experience against hillary clinton, and senator bernie sanders. o'malley has been testing campaign waters for a year visiting primary states and hinting at a run in this may 20th video. >> i came here today because i have ab important announcement to make. refreshments are available in the back. [ laughs ] >> reporter: his messages focus on new leadership and perspectives. >> the presidency of the united states is not a crown to be passed between two families, it's an awesome and sacred trust. we need a president on our side a president willing to take on powerful wealthy special interest. >> reporter: a lawyer by tried, o'mallee started his career in college, working for gary heart's presidential campaign, and later for congresswoman. he rose through the political
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ranks, as a state attorney and later as a mayor from 1999 to 2007. his tough on crimes policies won attention and admiration. >> in 2002 he was named the best young mayor in the country. three years later he was one of "time" magazine's top five mayors he counts his accomplishments on the trail. >> in 1999 when i ran for major, mr attorney-general there was a different sort of battle going on in the streets of baltimore. baltimore had become the most violent, the most addicted and abandoned city in america. in the next 10 years baltimore achieved the biggest reduction of crime in america. >> his tenure as charmed city's mayor was not celebrated by all, and his analysis of crime statistics has been questioned. strategies he deployed came
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under scrutiny during the protests. create or of h.b.o. "the wire" took issue with his tactics and presidential ambitions saying: o'malley speak about the unrest in baltimore with c number of n's reporter. -- cnn's reporter. >> this is setback. progress rarely moves in a straight line. sometimes we have setbacks. few are as heart-breaking to all of us that have done so much over the years to make baltimore a safer and better place. during his two terms as governor o'mallee championed same-sex marriage and gun control, and signed a bill giving instate college tuition
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to undocumented immigrants. >> it will allow us to have a more highly educated workforce in our state. it's good for all of us. >> reporter: in recent weeks o'mallee began to target his own party, saying some were worse off than eight years ago, and took on his biggest rival in the race hillary clinton. >> i don't know where she stands. will she represent a break with failed policies of the past? >> i don't know. >> the former governor who sings in his own band hopes to position himself as the progressive challenger to hillary clinton. ironically he has deep ties to the clintons. both who nurture and propelled his political career. >> more on the baltimore impact on the o'mallee campaign. al jazeera political sprond michael shure joins us 7:30
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eastern, 4:30 pass isk back to the top story, the flooding in texas. jonathan martin is in rosenberg, a done where emergency crews are evacuating dozens of homes. it looks really bad there, what is the latest. >> yes, raining significantly. in fact we have seen off and on downpours throughout the afternoon. this is an area that has been under a mandatory evacuation. this is about 35 miles south-west of houston, in rosenberg. you can understand why the area would be under a mandatory evacuation by looking behind me. the river in the area continues to rise. it's above the flood stage. authorities are going door to door last night and throughout today telling people to get out, to leave, it is not safe. >> up the road there are areas under a voluntary evacuation. considering all that happened over the last month, the deadly storm, the flooding that happened here in texas, and
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throughout oklahoma. people are taking this seriously. they are leaving. of course you have a few people willing to stay. with the rain coming we are seeing more and more people who thought they'd stick this out. pack up and leave. >> so jonathan martin you got there this morning, the sun was shining, now it's pouring again. how frustrating is it for people there? >> it's really frustrating, it is frustrating. the whole thing is waiting and seeing. forecasters said there would be likely 3-5 inches of rainfalling. no one was sure. the question was would the rain stall, would it move fast would it move slow. what we are seeing is that the rain is continual. it will rain for 10 minutes, stop and continue to rain. at the rate it is going now, it's a significant situation. that is why you are seeing a lot of law enforcement coming back into the area and get out
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live for us in texas. thank you an egyptian american has been released from prison. family of mohammed soltan say erts by the government -- efforts by the government helped to secure his freedom. >> reporter: after being gaoled and on a hunger strike for more than 400 says, mohammed solt ark n has been released. the son of a prominent member of the muslim brotherhood relinquished his egyptian passport. his family released a statement saying: sol tan, a graduate of ohio state and former campaigner for
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president obama, had been charged with setting up an operations room in a pro-muslim brotherhood camp in 2013. the state department said the u.s. government welcomes his release, and this step brings a conclusion to this case. >> it was heart-breaking to see him that way. >> reporter: according to his brother, the u.s. government's extensive efforts led to his release. >> egypt issued a law allowing convict to be deported. it allowed the release of al jazeera journalist mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr. after mohamed mursi was ousted the egyptian authorities cracked down on the muslim brotherhood, killing hundreds arresting thousands. coming up in the next hour we'll speak with soltan's lawyer and brother-in-law about his role in freeing him. united states officials refuse to comment on whether
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china's most wanted fugitive is in american custody. he's accused of stealing $41 million. there was no comment on whether he would be deported. china released a list of 100 fugitives who fled. 40 believed to be in the u.s. the president was reelected, but f.i.f.a.'s future may be in even more unclear territory today. when we come back what is next for the troubled organization as some delegates rebel against sepp blatter. while the navy's rescue the migrants making the dangerous journey. european nations struggle with where to settle them. ettle them.
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today. one of the issues still unresolved is the push by world powers for international access to iran's military sites, and tehran wants sanctions lifted after an agreement is reached. there's concern that an extension to the june 30th deadline might be needed. the president of f.i.f.a. remains defiant. sepp blatter says he does not fear arrest in the bribery scandal rocking his organization vowing to destroy the tarnished reputation of world soccer. as reported from switzerland, the task got tougher. >> day one of a fifth term as president, and sepp blatter is not happy. >> i have said i forgive, but i don't forget when it comes to persons, and not to facts he chaired a meeting of f.i.f.a.'s executive committee, a panel that makes world football's biggest decisions. david gill a newly elected
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member from europe chose not to attend in a protest at blatter's re-election. the manchester united director saying he couldn't see there being a positive change at f.i.f.a. while sepp blatter was in charge. it's one detail in a split between f.i.f.a. and european's governing body u.e.f.a. who backed sepp blatter's rival. prince allie. >> you have the best competition and players. when it comes to clubs, if you don't have the players from other continents they will not be so rich or good in football. they have to be an champ also not only to save f.i.f.a. they shall help and come in and take responsibility and responsibility you cannot take when you are elected and don't come to the first meeting. this is no responsibility. you are elected, you have to come. whoever is the president of
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f.i.f.a. blatter has loyal support in many countries behind european borders, and that's why he was able to survive a week seeing 7 high-ranking f.i.f.a. members on suspicion of corruption much the thoughts of resigning, he said never crossed his mind. >> congress is of the opinion that i am still the man to go into these problems and to solve these problems. >> reporter: u.e.f.a. may find it ironic to be told to set an example by the head of an organization that has 7 senior officials in a swiss prison on corruption charges. u.e.f.a. member countries will meet in berlin. the topic of pulling out of f.i.f.a. will be discussed all right. talking more about the f.i.f.a. scandal. dave ziron joins us from washington. sports editor from "the nation", and dance with the delve, and the 2014 world cup tournament.
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thank you for joining us. this is clearly not over here. do you think sepp blatter could be the next arrest? >> i don't know if he'll be the next arrest you don't know what will happen there'll be more twists and turns than a pretzel. at the same time sepp blatter is the end goal the end target of the u.s. justice department. even though attorney-general loretta lynch did not use of word sepp or blatter, she was pointed about the fact that is about uprooting 20 years of corruption and malfeasance in f.i.f.a. how long has sepp blatter been in charge - 17 years. behind the scenes from what i heard from someone that works over at justice, they called sepp blatter the white whale. being that he is their moby dick, and that's who they are on the hunt for. >> we heard from the chairman of the english football association, greg dyke saying sepp blatter will not see out
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his latest term and will be forced to resign do you agree. >> that's a cost preticks to make. it's hard to imagine sepp blatter finishing out the term. >> it's how hard it is between soccer and the body as a whole. all is pointing to 2022. they are saying the world cup will be in the fall cutting into the european - particularly the english soccer season. so the soccer season of the split between europe and f.i.f.a. will intensify, so not just 2022, but sooner than that so they can have a plan to move the world cup to another country. do you think f.i.f.a. can survive this? >> i don't think f.i.f.a. can
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survive this in its current form. what we have seen this past week is the beginning and end of f.i.f.a. it is in charge of both taking bids setting up tournaments, and at the same time in charge of oversight and rooting out corruption. it's hard to imagine how it can operate under the same umbrella. it's the constant wolf in the hen house organization. i don't see how it can survive. i think the crack up of f.i.f.a. is coming. >> do you think there needs to be another oversight body? >> i think f.i.f.a. needs to be split into two organizations. there needs to be a body in charge of selling soccer to the world, developing in the world among young boys and girls who love the port on every country
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on earth, and a body to make sure that corruption max fixing and all of the issues that plagued f.i.f.a. no longer operate inside of f.i.f.a. currently they have the same people setting up tournament or leagues, taking bids. they are the same people. it cannot operate in the same way, especially when there's no transparency. >> what is the reaction worldwide to the fact that it took americans to make the moves? >> well the reaction is actually divided on political lines. you know there's on old expression that war is politics by other means. i think sport is politics by other means. people throughout the global community, countries throughout the global community, wary of a muscular style of u.s. foreign policy are critical. you have vladimir putin saying that this is another sign of the united states reaching outside of its borders in a way that is
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inappropriate and about its own interests. for u.s. allies who want to see corruption in f.i.f.a. uprooted and are sick and tired of everyone rolling their eyes at the corruption. and no one doing anything about it it's seen as something they want to see. for the u.s. justice department. this is a win, because it's low-ranging fruit -- low-hanging fruit. they can look tough on the united states without having to go after wall street. they are going after people from other countries, bringing them here for justice, without paying a political fall out at home dave zirin, sports editor for "the nation." the 2022 world cup is expected to be paid in qatar. and al jazeera is funded in part by that government more than 4,000 might ants have been stated -- migrants have been saved from the
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mediterranean sea. 17 were found dead on one boat. survivors are arriving in the town of toronto, where a navy vessel dropped off 700 migrants half rescued from a heavily overcrowded boat off the coast of libya. german and irish navy ships picked up the other half. you can see the migrants floating in the water until they are helped into the rescue boats. migrants are expected to be picked up off the coast of italy. we have a report on the wave of migrants in catania. >> that figure of 4,000 migrants rescued was announced saturday. since there has been more rescue operations italians announced they have picked up 300 more people on board three different rubber dinghies or zoed yaks. pat rocks are ongoing 24 -- patrols are ongoing 24 hours a
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day. the figure of 4,000, could become 5,000, 6,000, or 7,000. what happens to the migrants when they arrive? they go through checks. there are children, elderly. the italians have to sift through that, give them what they need urgently, and then they have to be relocated. it's been a huge issue for italy. since last summer they've been calling on the european union to step in and share the burden. italy called on the different regions to pinpoint the empty buildings and facilities, where it can relocate the migrants as soon as they land in the short term, basically. that was hoda abdel-hamid. 4200 arrived in the past
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12 months. 3700 were saved on may 2nd more than 40,000 migrants arriving in italy since the start of year. some 1,770 perished on the journey a massive earthquake struck off the eastern coast of japan registering 8.5, shaking buildings in tokyo. there was no damage. the fukushima plant damaged four years ago reported no irregularities. this was a powerful shake. the epicentre was more than 350 miles deep below the bottom of the pacific ocean. there was no danger of a tsunami. despite relief from rain temperatures as high as 130 degrees farenheit was reported in southern india. nearly 2,000 died since the heatwave in mid april. communities plagued by water shortages are struggling to coat.
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we have this report. in some of the most impoverished pockets, hundreds of families are holding last rights for their loved ones. this man says his father that worked in the family fields died of heat stroke. he was 85 my father got sick because of the heat. he was not well for a few days. we gave him water, that did not help. we decided to take him to the hospital. he died on the way stories of illness and death are told across the area and the neighbouring state of andre pradesh. despite the enormity some doctors are equipped to deal with the growing health crisis. >> oral liquid intravenous drips, a basic medical treatment is required to treat sun stroke
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patient. that is enough in each primary health center in my cluster. >> reporter: in one distribute what has been described as an unprecedented heatwave raised questions about on old problem. pools like these are an important source of water for farming and drinking. over the years many ran drive, leaving them parched and desperate for alternatives. villagers tell al jazeera, they are lucky if the taps run for more than an four a day. authorities struggled to fix the problem and people here learnt to live with hitle. >> translation: over time the water problem has gotten worse, we have had drought.
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groundwater has tied up. it's a serious problem, particularly for the elderly. >> in a twist of irony, water is used to purify. purifying themselves with a source in short supply. a new challenger for the presidential nomination announces his president dancy -- presidency. martin o'malley throws his hat in the ring later, saying goodbye to bb king and working it make sure the blues never fade.
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welcome back to al jazeera america. here is a look at your top stories, texas is on the way to breaking every rain record set. more heavy rain soaked central texas causing devastation. 29 people in texas and oklahoma
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died. president obama declared the area a federal disaster zone. the head of the world soccer federation says he does not fear arrest in the bribery scandal rocking his organization. sepp blatter confronted his critics on the first day of his term as f.i.f.a. president, and vowed to restore the tarnished reputation of world soccer. >> reporter: i declare i'm a candidate for president of the united states and i'm running for you former maryland governor martin o'malley joined the presidential race some consider him a series threat to hillary clinton's quest to win the democratic nomination. he is the third to announce. clinton and u.s. senator bernie sanders from vermont are in the race. two others are expected to run, former senator jim webb a conservative from virginia and the other is life-long
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republican defecting to the democratic party, lincoln chaffey, a governor and senator from rhode island. he is expected to announce this week. let's bring in michael shure, our al jazeera political analyst joining us from los angeles. good evening to you, thank you so much. what do you think about the democratic field running against hillary clinton so far? >> it's what you expect when you have hillary clinton running in a juggernaut way. a lot of people say she's there in 2008 no one expected president obama. but president obama was breaking a barrier, a barrier breaker like hillary clinton wants to be. now, all the focus is on clinton. what the democrats are doing is filling the bernie sanders, a real social liberal, you know old-time classic social liberal, a hawkish jim webb. now you have martin o'malley and i think that there is - you are looking at people who are running because there's a chance to run. martin o'malley in my estimation is running in 2020
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in case hillary clinton doesn't win this time. he made these comments at his baltimore rally. take a listen. >> the scourge of hopelessness happening on a night here that evening transcended race and geography, the hard truth is this. unemployment in many cities and small towns cross the united states of america is higher now than was ate years ago. you know as a former governor of maryland for eight years, how will the turmoil in baltimore impact his campaign. >> they are two interesting things one is martin o'malley is talking about unemployment being a problem in urban america. that's not the tone most democrats are taking or democratic voters want to listen to. they want to say all the jobs lost in 2008 and 2009 are back. they don't want to be reminded of that.
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martin o'malley has a bigger problem with balt pore it happened at the wrong time history for him, running for president, because it is the biggest city in his state. he was the governor for eight years. the problems existed. i think it's a problem for martin o'malley. he's going to be asked about it dogged about it on the campaign trail. it's smart of him to take it by the horns in his opening remarks as a candidate. >> do you thick martin o'malley has enough of a profile to make a go at the white house? >> no it's the easiest answer in the world. he doesn't. he is trying to build it as many candidates have done. jimmy carter did it in 2006. if hillary clinton is not
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elected, there's a republican president, martin o'malley can say i have done this you know who i am i can do it again let's switch to former house speaker dennis hastert accused of abusing a student when he was a teacher and coach. reports were alleged that he was sending money to the student to keep him quiet. can we expect the democrats to seize on that as a cover up. >> yes, democrats had an opportunity to do this before. it's a tricky subject. they have to seize on the hypocrisy. haas tert is not an elected figure or a focal feature of some former governors are in the party, you don't see them out front. you have an ugly story and an issue, and you go back to 1998 when someone like dennis haas tert was sitting in judgment on
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someone else. look at the speakes, newt gingrich and bob - those people had extra marital affairs. the republicans have a little problem. when you take the moral high ground it comes with a rick. every now and again it lays bears. democrats will want to stay away from it. >> let's talk about the patriot act. the senate will meet for a special session. why do you think republicans are fractured on the issue of national security. >> the easy answer is it's a presidential year so many senators run for president, and it's divided. rapped paul will say we'll take the libertarian wing. this is spying on americans, and others have to react to that. >> keeping with senator rand paul the superpalent released its first ad. let's take a listen to this.
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[ ad plays ] wow. okay. we got flames eagles the rand man and takes swipes at fellow g.o.p. hopefuls ted cruz lindsay graham. should rand paul be worried that ads like this could isolate him from the g.o.p. base. >> he's a little isolated. he didn't put the ad out. there's the snack down guys, sounds like my 10-year-old watching television. this is a fun ad. you see ted cruz labelled as a canadian. the first time i have seen that that is historical. that is what the republicans are trying to do with president obama, with kenya. i don't think rand paul will
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embrace this ad a lot. >> thank you, we'll leave it there michael shure, live from la tonight. thank you so much there are reports that i.s.i.l. fighters blew up a major prison complex in historic syrian city of palmyra. a group monitoring the civil war said they could see smoke coming from the central syria location. the prison was empty at the time of the explosion. the detention center is not among the legendary ruins, but syrian officials are concerned i.s.i.l. fighters will destroy what is left of the artefacts. >> more than 70 people have been killed when barrel bombs were dropped. the worst attack was on a marketplace in alback under the control of the islamic state. that killed more than 55 alone. omar salah reports. >> reporter: another gain for syria rebels in northern idlib. these are fighters a coalition
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of rebels including al nusra front fighters allied to al qaeda. they control the town. it is thought to be the last major stronghold in the province. >> thank god we liberated a town in a few hours. i swear, they ran like rats. >> after days of ongoing battles, regime soldiers left. the state's newsagency says government forces pulled out to the outskirts. tens of families are fleeing. >> some people are scared that the regime will destroy the town using barrel bombs. rebels have also moved on to the village in the western countryside, killing a number of government soldiers. days earlier, rebels captured the town. last month they took control of
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idlib city the province capital. the next major battle for the fighters could be president bashar al-assad's stronghold of lat abbingy on the coast. syria's palmyra. the islamic state of iraq and levant is widening its control. these photos show a glimpse of one of series notorious prisons. tens of inmates were moved by government forces before they fled. further south, a wall of attrition is taking place. fighting between lebanon's hezbollah and other is not over in the qalamoun mountain range. hezbollah announced big gains in the area but with the fighters carrying out hit and run attacks. more than 40 hezbollah fighters are said to have been killed since fighting started this month. qalamoun is crucial for hezbollah and the syrian government.
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it's where both sides get weapons and reinforcements. fighting in syria's multiple battle fronts intensifies. too many wore -- warring factions are battling themselves. >> the united nations security council condemned the use of barrel bombs in syria in 2014. syrian president bashar al-assad denied using such weapons, but the human rights watch group says since the u.n. resolution they found 400 instances of barrel bombs used. european anger is rising over moscow's travel ban against 89 european union officials. germany's foreign minister on tour in the ukraine is one of many europeans criticizing the mood. most are outspoken critics of russia, as well as political, security leaders.
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it's possible retaliation for sanctions imposed after russia and ukranian territory of crimea a pro-gay rally ends in violence in moscow today. antigay nationalists rushed gay rights activists who lit a red flare in front of moscow's town haul. pepper spray was used. they were arrested for holding an unauthorised parade. several nationalists were taken into custodiry as well. >> funeral services for bb king an influential blue's guitarist. [ ♪♪ ] the private burial took place in his home town of indianola, mississippi. and he was inducted into the rock'n'roll hall of name in 1987. he was 89 when he died two weeks ago. >> in many ways we can look at
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the life of b.b. king and be inspired and be ebb couraged -- encouraged. hands that once picked cotton would some day pick guitar distrings on a national and -- strings on a national and international stage mississippi delta is known for its musical heritage. although bb king and others have died it's hoped the younger generation would keep it alive. gabriel elizonda filed this report from mississippi. >> reporter: on his front porch strumming his guitar his vocal cords in full throttle. leo bud welsh is in his element. playing a unique strand of old-style applies music, an oral history of struggles. he grew up poor and still is he was virtually unknown to the
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blue's world, playing in his local church. a master of his craft that few heard, a dying bread of american blue's, a genre played by men in their '80s, and '90s so there's a rush to preserve the musicful he was discovered and signed to a record contract. his first album came two days already his 83rd birthday. >> it was about to die out. we are putting is back alive. >> leo tells me he'll sing and play his guitar until his final day. he is going strong, as you can see. leo represents a generation of old-time mississippi blues musicians, but they won't be around forever. the big question is where does the music go after men like leo are gone? >> that will be left to people like leo's son, leo welsh
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junior who learnt to play by watching and listening to his father part of a younger generation. >> young people, older folk black, white, brown... >> reporter: a self-described blue's ofish yardo said it would not be easy to replicate. >> not many played the blues the way leo plays it. leo plays the way it was played on the farm before it was taken north and urbanized. >> reporter: on this day leo is full of energy and wants us to hear one last song entitled "the long journey" and he hopes his style of mississippi will be one with a journey to no event, even after no one else is around. coming up how a medical breakthough from making
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life-saving drugs may be used to make heroin at home. later, the fight to save one of the world's greatest natural wonders. stay with us.
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t now... >> al jazeera america a new potential scientific break through could pave the way for new drugs to be made. we have more. >> reporter: yeast is a mir oakle of nature. need it something like sugar, and it can spit out all sorts of thing, like alcohol. several researchers banded together to create a process whereby yeast can make anything from construction materials to medicine. >> the process starts with clue
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cos. researchers feed it to yeast, and it makes ethanol, beer wine. they have tricked the yeast. >> turning it into reticuline and you can make anti-malairials, antibiotics, anal geesages pain-killers like morphine, and that raises an ethical question of whether the research leads to something it didn't intend. >> that's when we realized it's probably not 10 years away but two or three years away. that's when we were concerned about the ramifications of this happening as quickly as it is. being able to make morphine as so many companies use, is the way to make heroin. that is the problem. >> we'll have to coordinate with policy makers, to ensure they come up with adequate policy, to ensure that you know the recipe doesn't fall into the
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wrong hands let's think about how being able to brew morphine in a lab could change the global heroin change. 80% of heroin comes from poppies in afghanistan, according to estimates, and flows into europe and the middle east in iran and pakistan a massive business. myanmar supplies a great deal of asia's heroin. and mexico and columbia supplied the united states. mexico came to dominate the u.s. market according to a white house report. think about where heroin is consumed. it accounts to 60% of consumption. europe and russia spend the most on heroin a combined 33 billion. united states and canada spend enormous amounts of money, they make heroin a profitable business. if heroin can be produced in
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those place, the incentive to grow them could disappear. perhaps the drug trade and the accompanying drug use and corruption would shrink in and around afghanistan. in the united states where the only limit on the abuse of heroin and opiates is availability, home brewed drugs puts it into the hands of more people. john whose team pieced it together asked that a warning be published in nature much. >> the potential gain for society is immense. we don't want to halt the research, we want to do it in a way to minimise the risk. how do you juggle those two. >> the potential for the new technology to create new drugs cheaply and effectively could be positive. it may come up with a pain-killer that is not addictive. the question is whether any rules can gorch it well enough to keep the risk of backyard
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breweries under control all right, we'll get a look at what is ahead in the next hour. we have del walters, what do you have? >> sounds like a broken record but the senate is coming to a showdown. a rare weekend session to address the patriot act, specifically whether to extend provisions to allow the inner state. president obama and most republicans say it is necessary for national security. opponents say it's an invasion of privacy and has to end when the deadline passes at midnight. the debate splitting republicans and presidential candidates with rand paul leading the charge. in the next hour we'll take a deeper look at the fine line between national security and privacy. >> see you back at 8 o'clock. >> an earthquakes committee stopped short of placing australia great barrier reef on an endangered list.
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as andrew thomas reports, some worry about the long-term health of the largest living coral reef system. >> the great barrier reef is one of the world's natural wonders, but it is one that is under threat. coal export ports are built along the coast, dredged mud has been dumped at sea, chemical run off from farming polluted the reef's waters. u.n.e.s.c.o. the united nations heritage committee threatened to put the great barrier reef on the endangered list a move that would have been hugely embarrassing to the australian government. so it announced curbs on development and a ban on dumping dredged mud at sea. >> already we have seen an 11% reduction. a 16% reduction according to the queensland government's figures, and a 28% reduction according to the queensland government's figures. >> it's been enough to persuade
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u.n.e.s.c.o. not to declare the reef in danger. it will keep the reef on the watch list deferring a decision. it wants greater attention to the impacts of coastal development, and is concerned about the loss of coral and fish. australia government has not been given the all clear, but are disappointed that the endangered label will not be applied. >> the reef lost 50% of cover in 30 years. i turned 30. half of the reef is gone. if half the sydney opera house or half the sydney harbour bridge had been demolished. there would be no question we would say it's in danger. >> australia government has not been given the clear, but they are disappointed that the in danger label will not be applied. australia government spend hundreds of thousands lobbying u.n.e.s.c.o. members not to declare the great barrier reef in danger saying it allows
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sustainable development and past bad practice has been stopped. unesco's draft decision suggests the australian government has done enough but the kust odian of the reef is on watch. when we come back we'll show you the amazing things that can happen when art and science come together. come together.
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a bridge weighed down by love. it crosses the river seen. couples locked a padlock and throw away a key to ensure ever-lasting love. a million locks are weighing down the bridge. part collapse the last year paris officials announced all love locks will be removed monday have you wondered what a satellite sounds like? new you can find out. a new exhibit at the world science festival in new york is using art to teach people about
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what the orbiting wonders do. kristen saloomey has more. >> reporter: it may look like a giant sea shell, but wonder inside. instead of hearing the ocean, you'll experience a sonic representation of space. more specifically, the satellites there that are orbiting the earth. >> yes, you hear it all around you. that is where they are, out of space right now. >> reporter: n.a.s.a. the aeronaughtition and space administration helped to resign the pavillion as a way to connect the taxpayers. >> most don't have any idea that for the past 50 years, that n.a.s.a. has been studying the earth. they know we study stars and galaxies the earth is the most important planet. over 100 missions we have sent into space to understand where we live the satellites study everything from weather to the
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amount of salt in the ocean. >> the n.a.s.a. orbit pavillion is a highlight at this year's world science festival bringing together scientists and artists. the goal is to make complex concepts more accessible to the masses. >> light. electricity this dramatic preparation attempts to tell the story of albert einstein's general theory of electricity. it's called light falls - space, time and an obsession. the festival features big names in entertainment and science, and is spread in several locations in new york. >> the idea is you can experience art through science in an evocative emotional way. you don't need to be a scientist to appreciate the way scientists can inform film making story telling and dramatic performance. it's the exhibits and experiments, many outside and
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free to the public that capture the attention of those that might think about seconds. >> it's amazing. it's interesting to get an artistic representation of what potentially is a satellite above our head may sound like. >> there are more out there than there were. they are doing more than we realized. >> if organizers have their way, provide inspiration to the next generation of scientists now to a competition that some people are going to get a kick out of. competitors in the annual shin kicking championship hold each other by the shoulders and literally take turns kicking each other in the shins until one falls down. the sport is part of a kods waddle olympics in england. dating back to the 1600s. no word if legs or records were broken. >> erica pitzi in new york. the news continues with del
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walters. thank you. this is al jazeera america i'm del walters with a look at the day's top stories. rivers are rising in texas, spreading the danger of flooding across a rain-soaked state. another democrat, the former governor of maryland jumping into the presidential race and divisions in f.i.f.a. as europeans register anger at the re-election of sepp blatter. time is running out for the patriot act. we'll take a deeper look at the fight over widespread government surveillance and your privacy flooding as far as the eye can be. texans

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